Well, after the Great Kindle Disaster I managed to recover about a third of the unread e-ARCs I’d previously had, which isn’t as good as I’d hoped but still better than I thought. I’m not complaining too loudly. As much as it was awful to lose all those great books that I didn’t get the chance to read, it does cut down on my TBR pile somewhat, making it look much more manageable and much less daunting.
But that isn’t going to stop me from getting new books, oh no! I got a few nice ones in my mailbox this past week. Let’s take a look at them.
A M Dellamonica’s Blue Magic, the sequel to Indigo Springs. Which, I admit, I haven’t read yet, but both books sound interesting enough that I’m going to make a point of tracking down Indigo Springs so I can give it a whirl before reading Blue Magic. Doubly looking forward to this one since it’s a Tor book, and they’ve long been one of my favourite publishers of fantasy novels. I’ve got high hopes for this one!
Following on the heels of one Tor book is another, this time James Swain’s Dark Magic. This one is a little outside what I normally read, being more mystery/thriller than fantasy or speculative, but it still sounds very interesting, definitely enough to grab my attention. I’ve heard a couple of initial impressions by others, and I think I made the right choice in requesting a copy. Fingers crossed that I’m not disappointed (though I doubt I will be, since long-time readers of this blog know that even if a book is outside my usual genres, so long as it’s good, I usually enjoy it just fine).
Alienation, by Jon Lewis. This is a follow-up to a previous novel I got from the author, one that I admit I haven’t read yet, but seeing this one rekindled my interest in the previous one. It’s from a Christian publisher, so I am a little hesitant about it, since many of the books I’ve read by religious publishers, even when they’re doing books of a genre I like, tend to be rather heavy-handed with the conversion attempts. Still, I won’t judge a book by its publisher, and I’ll wait until I’ve read the book before saying whether or not it was worth it.
Ghost Crown, by J Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel. This is tagged as a dark fantasy/adventure tale, and I’ve heard good things about Gates’s work in the past, so I couldn’t resist this one when the chance came to get my grubby little mitts on it. Keel is apparently best known for her work on soap operas, so a combination of the two styles and focuses could indeed be interesting. Time will tell, but in the end, I’m quite excited to read this one. (Update – I’d be more excited about it if this wasn’t yet another case of whoever uploaded it to NetGalley not bothering to say that this is book 2 in a series. Dammit!)
And that’s what I got this week. Definitely some good ones to add to my collections, books I’m happy to have the chance to read, and I’m still boggled by the fact that Tor now seems to have a relationship with NetGalley so I can have a chance to read more of their books. (Any attempts I’ve made in the past to approach Tor for review copies have gone unanswered and/or ignored, so this makes me extremely happy!)
What did you get in your mailboxes this week? I can’t wait to see!